The Univesity of Cape Coast SRC president-elect, John Kpodo campaigned on a promise not to introduce any projects that will add extra costs to what he described as the “burden of fees” the students are enduring.
In an interview with Theophilus Sosi on ATLFM, the president-elect stated that his first move after he is sworn in will be to consult on the free shuttle system.
“The students are already complaining about the fees so if an SRC president becomes project conscious, then fees will go higher. We even have some loans we have not yet paid so it is best to focus on paying those loans before we go onto new things. But any project that will not take a lot of money from the coffers of the SRC may be considered,” he told ATL.
“My problem is putting a financial burden on the students, so if the project will not do that, why not? I have been reliably informed that the SRC provided funds for the free bussing system last semester and this semester, management is helping in the funding. However, students will pay later. But immediately I get sworn in, I need to get more clarification from the current President and management”
The SRC president-elect, John Kpodo maintains his objection to any capital intensive project but admits that the decision to continue with the free shuttle project will depend on the preference by the majority of the students.
‘’Personally, I think there are lots of challenges that we have to deal with. We have about twenty eight – thirty thousand students, how many of them can get on a bus at a time? Those at the diaspora, how many of them get on board? Are the buses readily available for those in the halls? These are some of the things we have to look out to resolve.
Everything is about the majority, because if someone is in the diaspora and the person does not get the opportunity to board the bus but at the end of the day, the person pays the same amount paid by the others then it is not fair to them. There are a lot of things we have to sit down and dialogue with management.”
Go get your hands dirty, John Kpodo.